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FireplacesIf you are considering remodeling your Bastrop living space, you may want to incorporate a fireplace into your room. A fireplace can add a nice focal point to an otherwise empty room as well as provide extra warmth if you live in a colder climate and great atmosphere even if you don’t. When you sell your home in the future, a fireplace can be a nice selling feature that will appeal to buyers of your home. Beyond adding additional appeal to your home, a fireplace may increase the value of your home as well. If your home doesn’t currently have a fireplace, how do you decide where to add one?

You will want to work with a contractor that has experience adding fireplaces to existing homes and is familiar with your local building codes. While a fireplace may

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392 FM 2104This is a gorgeous ranch property with multiple homes, storage buildings plus a lake and stocked ponds sitting on 293+ acres. With so much space, you are only limited by your imagination.392 FM 2104

Located just outside of Smithville, 'The Parker Ranch - Los Robledos' offers a stately entrance and  a beautiful lakefront setting for your enjoyment. The primary residence was custom designed and includes three bedrooms and three full baths with quality finishes throughout the home. You will enjoy spacious rooms with library paneling, built-ins, tray ceilings, a fireplace and nice kitchen with island and ceramic tile. The master bedroom includes a spacious private bath. This property offers a second residence that serves as a guest quarters and includes three

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Veterans Memorial Park Smithville TXThis full day event will raise money to purchase additional plaques with veteran’s names on them for the walls at the Smithville Veterans Memorial Park. There will be plenty of opportunities at the event for you to contribute to the cause while having fun and enjoying good food. Invite everyone you know because there are many options for fun. Take part in a corn hole, washer or horseshoe tournament. BBQ plates will be available to purchase for lunch. Enjoy live music and dancing plus participate in the live and silent auctions. All of these activities will raise funds for this cause.

If you or a family member are a veteran and would like your name included on the wall, submit a copy of the DD-214.

When: January 18th, 2020 11:00 a.m.-midnight

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Selling a homeWhen you are selling your home, many buyers may be looking for a perfect home that they can move right in without having to make many updates. While a few homes are close to perfect, most are not. Even homes that are perfect for the current owner may not be perfect for anyone else. What we are really talking about isn’t homes that need minor changes but homes with flaws that will almost certainly need to be corrected by the new owner. If you are trying to sell a less than perfect home, how do you appeal to buyers that are looking for that kind of property?

  • Price is key. You can’t price your home in comparison to other homes that are move-in ready. Take into account the major items that need to be updated and repaired and adjust your price to
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Bastrop TX Building LotsAre you ready to make your real estate dreams come true in 2020? The Janis Penick Team has a variety of lots available for sale currently. Think about what you are looking for and let us help you find the perfect lot to make that happen. Whether you are looking for a small lot to build on or a larger lot to ensure your privacy, we have what you are looking for. Looking for convenience? We have that! Golf course in the neighborhood? We have that too. Let us find you the perfect lot to build your dream home this year.

489 Kaanapali Lane, Bastrop

127 Mountain Laurel Way, Bastrop

129 Loon Drive, Bastrop

114 Sandpiper Drive, Bastrop

102 Sandpiper Drive, Bastrop

106 Sandpiper Drive, Bastrop

115 Loon Drive, Bastrop

103 Arborvita Place,

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Bastrop Opera HouseGet your tickets for the opening weekend of The Wild Women of Winedale at the Bastrop Opera House. This show promises to make you laugh with the outrageous antics of three sisters from Winedale. Come along with these ladies as they tackle widowhood, caring for ailing (and wacky) aunt and what to do with all the family treasures no one wants.

The Wild Women of Winedale opens January 10th and has shows each weekend through January 25th. Purchase your tickets online or in person at Bastrop Opera House. Season tickets are available as well if you to make sure you see all the great shows this year.

When: January 10th-25th on weekends

Where: Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring Street, Bastrop

For more information about the The Wild Women of Winedale,

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Building a homeIf you are thinking about building a new house in Bastrop, you will need land to put it on. When you are selecting land, there is a lot to consider.

  •         How much land do you want?
  •         Do you want trees or open land?
  •         Do you want water on the land?
  •         Do you want flat land or varied terrain?
  •         Do you want extra land to ensure your privacy or just enough land to build your house?
  •         Do you plan to build in a subdivision or outside of a developed area?
  •         Do you have other plans for your land such as gardening or space for a pool?

This is a lot of questions. Some of them will be determined by your personal preference while others will be decided by restrictions on the land in the area you plan

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117 BuckboardEnjoy this wonderful and elegant sandstone home in The Colony. It features three bedrooms, two full baths and one half bath sitting on 1.57 acres and is made up of 3,197 square feet and a three-car garage. The Colony offers a secure gated location conveniently located with easy access to Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa and COTA.

From the front of the home, enter through double doors to the foyer with tile flooring. From the foyer, access the dining room and study. The home offers an open floor plan with a huge family room that includes a fireplace, coffered ceilings and great natural light. The family room opens to the kitchen where you will fine knotty Alder cabinets, a large island and stainless steel appliances.

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Polar Bear Plunge ElginTake a cool dip to start the New Year at the Polar Bear Plunge hosted by Elgin Parks and Recreation. All are welcome to attend this COOL event for a fun way to start the new year with a quick swim. After you plunge, enjoy free coffee and hot chocolate.

The Polar Bear Plunge will take place at the Morris Park and Pool in Elgin beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 4. What a refreshing way to start the new year.

When: Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Where: Morris Park and Pool, 803 N Avenue C, Elgin

For more information about the Polar Bear Plunge, visit here.

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Winter Roof MaintenanceNo matter where you live, you are starting to see and feel the signs of winter and cooler temperatures. As winter progresses, you are more likely to begin seeing snow and ice storms pop up and these events can cause damage to your home depending on the severity of them as well as if you prepare ahead of time and clean up after a storm. A little time and effort on your part can help protect your home and help you avoid costly repairs after the storm.

Snow accumulation on your roof can be a problem. While this isn’t a frequent problem in the Bastrop area, it’s too early to know what this season might bring. Snow is heavy and can cause damage to your roof if allowed to build up. You can remove snow from your roof with special tools but need to be careful.

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